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Author Topic: 1978 Suzuki DR370 Historic Class Hellride  (Read 2300 times)

Offline Brodie

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Re: 1978 Suzuki DR370 Historic Class Hellride
« Reply #20 on: Jul 10, 2018, 21:29:45 »
I love Mikuni TM carbs. Looks like it should fit the bill.
I'm not sure, but don't ask Brodie.

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Re: 1978 Suzuki DR370 Historic Class Hellride
« Reply #21 on: Jul 11, 2018, 00:22:00 »
Just barely. I had to drill a couple holes forward of the stock air box mount on the frame, but it’s just enough to fit...



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Re: 1978 Suzuki DR370 Historic Class Hellride
« Reply #22 on: Jul 11, 2018, 01:31:28 »


I should’ve taken pics from when it was painted orange and green. DO THE TON
Der ya go.


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Re: 1978 Suzuki DR370 Historic Class Hellride
« Reply #23 on: Jul 11, 2018, 06:25:31 »
The Fastenal on Washington Rd in Evans is where I go locally.  I hope that's not the one that shut down.  There's one in Harlem I go to sometimes, too. Otherwise, I order from McMaster-Carr.  They have a warehouse in Atlanta, so bits are here by 10am the next morning.  I keep stuff in stock, so I prefer to buy in quantity.

Nah, there was one here in south Augusta on Tobacco Rd, but didn't last long.

Thanks for the info though.

McMaster-Carr it's gonna be.

Wow, nice work, you are quick at getting things done.
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Re: 1978 Suzuki DR370 Historic Class Hellride
« Reply #24 on: Jul 13, 2018, 16:38:01 »
Well, the tank came in today and wouldn't ya know, it's perfect.


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Re: 1978 Suzuki DR370 Historic Class Hellride
« Reply #25 on: Jul 13, 2018, 16:39:45 »
Looks right at home. I dig the rear fender on this thing.
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Re: 1978 Suzuki DR370 Historic Class Hellride
« Reply #26 on: Jul 14, 2018, 09:58:38 »
Yep
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Re: 1978 Suzuki DR370 Historic Class Hellride
« Reply #27 on: Jul 14, 2018, 10:37:33 »
One of these days......one of these days.

I'll come across something like this, then we'll really have to get out and ride together.

Bike is looking good.
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1975 Honda CB750K5 needs carb work
1974 Honda CB350F2 needs tins painted (being lazy)
1972 Honda CB175K2 roller no engine
1972 Honda CB/CL350 Engines need roller
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1972 Honda CB100K2 needs kicker shaft
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Re: 1978 Suzuki DR370 Historic Class Hellride
« Reply #28 on: Jul 16, 2018, 22:18:35 »
Suzuki 370/400 is (are?) best 'wheelie' bike ever (I've had both) It's the only one I could get past '12 o'clock anytime without going all the way over. Even local cops were impressed enough to let me off with warning (after they watched me going home for 4 nights without pulling me over)
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Re: 1978 Suzuki DR370 Historic Class Hellride
« Reply #29 on: Jul 21, 2018, 00:03:41 »
I began the process of converting the front end to RM 125 for a glorious Showa upgrade. The forks came from an Ebay seller that swears they came off a DR370.  So, I'm thinking hell yeah this is going to be easy.  Um.  No.  I mean, they're not difficult, just not straightforward.  The PO of the forks clearly did some work to his triple or something to make it all work.  Since I only had the forks, I had to get myself a triple.  I converted the bottom bearing to tapered bearing.  Unfortunately, I didn't have a race in the size I need and me being me, I decide to take a 52mm race and convert it to 48mm.  I had the right bearing for the race and the RM tree.  Me being me, I didn't measure the stem lengths and when I slid the RM triple into the DR frame, I realized the bearing nut would not reach the threads.  So next order was to figure out how to make it work or start over.  Luckily, if I kept the original ball bearing set up on top, I could make it work.  So, I replaced the balls with new ones and machined the top race and the bearing nut to nestle together.  I also shaved a bit off the backside of the race and the face of the bearing nut.  This allowed my to get plenty of threads to make it all work. 




Next up is the front wheel.  The RM utilizes a bigger axle, so I've ordered an RM axle and bearings.  Hopefully, It's an easy swap.  It won't be, so stay tuned...